Assistant Manager at The Ship at Dunwich, Kim Bennett


Meet our Assistant Manager, Kim Bennett

28th September 2017

Our Assistant Manager, Kim Bennett, joined The Ship at Dunwich in 2009. If you visit The Ship at Dunwich regularly you will know that Kim is always on hand to help you with anything you may need or just for chat. Kim’s main duties as Assistant Manager are looking after all the operations that happen in our office, taking care of our guests and ensuring The Ship runs smoothly and meets all our guests expectations in the absence of our General Manager, Gareth Clarke.

We catch up with Kim to find out a bit more about her, The Ship and her love for Suffolk.

What do you enjoy most about working at The Ship?
We have many regular guests which is really nice, it’s great to get to know so many different people. We also have such a lovely team here at The Ship, they’re brilliant to work with!

What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t Assistant Manager at The Ship?
I would have loved to have been a criminal phycologist or a paramedic.

What is your favourite dish from the menu?
There are some many delicious dishes on our menu, it’s so hard to choose just one! I think I would have to say the Blythburgh pork belly, it is absolutely amazing!

Which drink would you recommend to someone visiting The Ship for the first time?
I do love a good gin and tonic, made with the Fever-Tree Tonic and the Adnams Copper House Dry Gin. You must try it, it’s delicious.

Where is your favourite place to visit in Suffolk?
My favourite place in Suffolk has to be Southwold. I grew up there and have many fond memories of the place. I would definitely recommend visiting Southwold and Aldeburgh, there is so much to see and do. Another lovely place that I would recommend is Orford.

Southwold near The Ship at Dunwich
Southwold beach

Do you know any interesting facts about Suffolk that we may not know?
Suffolk is the furthest East you can go in the UK.

What can you tell us about the history of Dunwich?
Dunwich was once the capital of East Anglia - a port of such size and importance that, in the whole of England, it was second only to London.  Dunwich had 52 churches, chapels and religious houses, as well as hospitals, a King's palace, a mint and a bustling harbour at the time of Henry II. A terrible storm changed Dunwich forever, the sea claimed over 400 homes, altering the shape and the coastline.

Dunwich beach
Dunwich beach 

Can you tell us something about you that we probably don’t know?
I used to work for an adventure travel company and went to Central America for 2 months.

What is your favourite film?
My favourite film would have to be City of Angels – I love it.

What do you do with your time outside of The Ship?
I enjoy dog agility and have a Patterdale Terrier. I also love nothing more than to spend time with my family. I have a son who is two, and my fiancé, Andrea, who is the Restaurant Manager at our sister inn, The Westleton Crown